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Manchester United vs Benfica Match Preview
Manchester United will look to seal qualification to the Champions League knockout phase when they take on Portuguese side Benfica at the Old Trafford. This Manchester United vs Benfica encounter will be played on Tuesday, October 31.
The Red Devils started their season, both domestic and European, brightly as they surged to wins over FC Basel (3-0) and CSKA Moscow (4-1) in the opening group fixtures. However, a dour stalemate at Liverpool robbed them of the momentum, throwing spanner in their works. Jose Mourinho’s side then laboured to a 1-0 win over Benfica but a 2-1 loss to Huddersfield Town brought them crashing to earth. However, the 1-0 weekend win over Tottenham put them back on track and the Red Devils would want to cap up their good performance with a win over Benfica. They currently have nine points and are top of the group, three clear of Basel in second place. A win on Tuesday coupled with CSKA Moscow’s inability to win at Basel would secure their qualification. Wouldn’t Mourinho love to do that?
Benfica were supposed to be in the hunt for knockout places but a disastrous start to their campaign places them bottom of the group with no points. A 2-1 home loss to CSKA Moscow and a 5-0 rout at Basel highlighted their problems. The Portuguese did improve in the 1-0 loss at home to United but a mistake by young goalkeeper Mile Svilar proved costly for them. The visitors have a tough task on their hands as they look to improve their recent form that has seen them win just four of their last ten games in all competitions, with four losses. A loss would complicate their already difficult chances further which means they could go all-out for a win. But, are the Portuguese equipped to upset the Red Devils who have won all seven of their competitive home games?
Manchester United vs Benfica H2H
Manchester United have lost just once to Benfica in their last seven encounters winning four and drawing twice. With so much riding on this Manchester United vs Benfica fixture for both sides, it could prove to be an interesting encounter.
Manchester United vs Benfica Team News
Manchester United will continue to miss Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Marcos Rojo.
Benfica will not have Andre Almeida and Luisao for this clash as both are suspended. Douglas Costa is out of contention with an ankle injury.
Manchester United vs Benfica Probable Line-ups
Manchester United: De Gea, Darmian, Lindelof, Jones, Blind, Matic, Herrera, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Lukaku.
Benfica: Svelar, Lopez, Eliseu, Grimaldo, Dias, Fejsa, Salvio, Goncalves, Augusto, Jonas, Seferovic.
Manchester United vs Benfica Predictions
What’s the best Manchester United vs Benfica Prediction? The Red Devils have won all seven of their home matches this season keeping a clean sheet in six of them. With a knockout place on offer, Jose could go for the jugular and win the match. We hope to see a home win, this time more comfortable than what it was in the last round.